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Infectolab Tests

Discussion in 'Lyme Disease and Co-Infections' started by Spiderbaby, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. Spiderbaby

    Spiderbaby

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    Hi All,

    Long time reader, first time poster, I am looking to tap into the wonderful wealth of knowledge contributors on here possess when it comes to everything CFS/Lyme and more!

    Long story short Ive been chronically unwell for the last 7 years, being seeing KDM for the last three and as with most his patients of late, Iam pursing a Lyme treatment protocol for almost the last year based on a positive Elispot LTT from Infectolab. test results were as follows:

    B.B Fully Antigen +3
    OSP Mix 1
    LFA 1 0

    However given the prevalence of co-infections and reactivated ones to boot I was anxious to widen the scope somewhat to see what else might be at play in making up my current health picture. Given my history of acute EBV infection in my teens, I was interested to know whether the virus had reared its head again and was complicating my recovery. Based on this I sent for tests to Infectolab to get a better insight into this which reported:

    Antibodies
    EBV- CA-IgG + 2.58
    " - EBNA-IgG + 4.14
    " - CA-IgM 0.15

    Elispot

    EBV LTT (lytic) +17
    " " (latent) + 2

    Ive attempted to do my own digging around into the implications of the EBV test results, however to date I have come up with a rather fragmented picture.
    Bearing this in mind, I was hoping some of the contributors on here might have a better insight into this than I do, what these tests actually mean, implications, whether I should be pursuing a concurrent course of treatment alongside the antibiotic protocol for Lyme.
    Any insight and help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem All Good Things Must Come to an End

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    Couldn't KDM answer that better than anyone here?
     
  3. maryb

    maryb iherb code TAK122

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    KdM tends to use Redlabs for these tests. I think maybe Infectolab is better? I don't know.
    I've never got a positive viral test from Redlabs but many from the one used by Break-spear (USA)
    I would send him a copy @Spiderbaby and discuss at a phone consult.
    I'm in the same boat really, had mega high titres of EBV,CMV,HSV1 &2 over the past 7yrs. But now hopefully going to persue Lyme with IV antibiotics, I'm hoping the immune system can batter the viruses as I help it overcome the bacteria:)
     
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  4. Spiderbaby

    Spiderbaby

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    Thank you for the responses guys.
    When I broached KDM on my last visit about getting these tests done with Redlabs and or Infectolabs he was less than enthusiastic so I got them done of my own accord.
    Its my intention to discuss the Infectolab EBV results with him during my next consultation, but I wanted to get as much knowledge about their implications as stand alone tests, as well as what they may mean for my current treatment protocol and overall recovery before then.
    From a totally layman's point of view the EBV results would seem to indicate the virus is playing a role, whether that it secondary to the Lyme BB Iam not so sure, or whether you can categorically state from the tests which infection is more prevalent etc.
    Like you maryb Iam also hoping to pursue IV antibio's for BB, but want to be as sure as I can that this is the correct course of action based on the tests results at hand.
     
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  5. bertiedog

    bertiedog Senior Member

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    @Spiderbaby You might like to read Klingdhardt's views on Lyme and everything that can along with it. His views are similar to Dr Horowitz who has treated thousands of patients with Lyme and what turns out in his view to be a multi systemic infectious disease. This often involves heavy metal poisoning, endocrine abnormalities, detoxification problems, genetic issues, chronic infections, yeasts and molds.

    I have to say that this model fits my illness but of course it won't be the case for everyone. Klingdhardt says the viruses are the last things to treat and that anti-virals on their own won't work unless all the other problems are addressed. Its certainly been a very long road for me.

    Pam
     
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  6. Hip

    Hip Senior Member

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    I don't know if this helps:
     
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  7. Gingergrrl

    Gingergrrl Senior Member

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    @Spiderbaby I also have a chronic re-activated EBV infection but I do not know how to interpret your tests as every lab uses their own numbers and measurements. I don't know if this helps but I tested positive for EBV on IgG, IgM, Early Antigen, EBNA, and Viral capsid antigen. I had mono almost 2.5 yrs ago so my Dr said this was proof of re-activation.

    I do not see KDM or have Lyme but I do think you should talk to him about it as IMO each additional stressor on the body plays a role. I am now taking Famvir for the EBV but don't know if this is something that for you must be done after Lyme treatments vs. concurrently?
     
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  8. maryb

    maryb iherb code TAK122

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    @Spiderbaby
    maybe look at Klinghardts/Horowitz stuff. would you be better doing the Lyme treatment first?? I'm not up to reading large amounts of stuff but I will look it out when I'm feeling better. It makes sense to hit the bacteria first to me though.
     
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  9. Gingergrrl

    Gingergrrl Senior Member

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    @maryb Sorry if my last post was confusing and I think when you tagged me, you meant to tag @Spiderbaby.

    I was responding to his question re: how and whether to treat EBV and Lyme in conjunction and I have EBV so sharing my experience w/those tests & treatment but do not have Lyme.
     
  10. maryb

    maryb iherb code TAK122

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    I did tag the wrong person...doh..
     
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  11. Spiderbaby

    Spiderbaby

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    Hi again guys,

    Many thanks for sharing your experiences and opinions, its interesting when it comes to the whole issue of co-infections as to which ones to treat first, or simultaneously or whether something that is considered a co-infection might be in fact the primary infection in the first place.
    Based on my own experiences and testing to date I will just have to assess how well my Lyme treatment is progressing with KDM, and whether I may have to consider tackling the EBV alongside my current abx regime.
     
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  12. roxie60

    roxie60 Senior Member

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    Have you considered asking infectolabs for assistance with the interpretation? They seem responsive to emails.
     

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